Only 41 percent of black students who start college as first-time freshmen earn a bachelor’s degree within six years — a rate more than 20 percentage point below that of white students.
There is some good news, if “good” is the appropriate term to use.
The report highlights some institutions that appear to be closing such gaps. More than 20 percent of colleges and universities have completion gaps that are at or below five percentage points. Among those institutions, 55 have either no gap at all or the gap is inverted.
The report notes that roughly 60 percent of all students who enrolled in college in 2008 had graduated by 2014. The data indicate that in that six-year stretch, Asian/Pacific Islander students (70.6 percent) had the highest graduation rate, followed by Whites (63.2 percent), Hispanics (53.5 percent), Native Americans (41 percent) and then Blacks (40.9 percent).
Put another way, Asian/Pacific Islanders are far more likely than their Hispanic, Native American and Black peers to graduate, while Whites are slightly above the national average and also strongly ahead of their Hispanic, Native American and Black peers when it comes to earning a degree.